Elderly People and Disaster

Authored by: Ehren B. Ngo

The Routledge Handbook of Hazards and Disaster Risk Reduction

Print publication date:  December  2011
Online publication date:  March  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415590655
eBook ISBN: 9780203844236
Adobe ISBN: 9781136918698

10.4324/9780203844236.ch37

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Abstract

Disasters impact communities throughout the world in significant and devastating ways. Populations such as women, children, the elderly and the disabled are known to suffer more and in different ways during disasters. The elderly, in particular, have physical, economic and social vulnerabilities that result in unique challenges and subject them to greater harm, loss and difficulty in recovery from a disaster. Yet, despite the vulnerabilities of the elderly to disasters, their considerable life experience often means they possess the knowledge and skills to contribute meaningfully to disaster preparedness and recovery. Thus, the global growth of the elderly population presents both challenges and opportunities, particularly as it relates to disaster response, recovery and risk reduction.

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